What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor a child’s independent reading practice. This scheme is used in Years 2 - 6 inclusive.
Children pick a physical book that falls within their ZPD level from our library, which is determined from their star reading test.
When they have finished reading, they take a short quiz, in school, on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood what has been read.
Each AR quizzed book also has a point value calculated to denote the length & time of the reading experience. AR points are based on the length of the book (number of words). Pupils earn a percentage of points according to how well they pass the quiz.
On accelerated reader the children start each term with a target of reading 15 minutes daily. The targets are calculated and set by how often the children complete a quiz along with their score. These targets are increased each time by either 5, 10 or 15 minutes, up to a maximum of 60 minutes daily.
If they are reading at the recommended level for them, then most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.
What is Star Reading?
Star Reading is an online assessment used to determine a child’s English reading level. It is a computer-based reading assessment program that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to each child’s responses. If the response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If they cannot answer a question, or answer incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
What is a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development)?
A ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Each child will receive a ZPD, or reading range, after taking a Star Reading test. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPD.
Rewards & Incentives
On our weekly newsletter, every half term we celebrate the reading achievements of the children. This is shown in various ways
100% Club - where the childrens picture will be added to the display board in school, when they achieve 100% in a quiz.
Reward Cards - children will receive a sticker when they achieve 100% on a quiz. When the card is full, they receive a gift from our 'box of goodies'
Reading Certificates - these are generated by the data gathered on the computer program and given out once a week.
Targets - these are the daily reading targets, initially set for 15 minutes per day. When achieved the children can choose a treat from the 'box of goodies' and the next target will be set, up to a maximum of 60 minutes per day.
Millionnaires Club - as the children's word count increases, their name will rise on the millionnaires wall. Once they become a word millionnaire, they will receive a badge, certificate & end of year treat.
How can I help my child with AR?
As with anything, reading and understanding English language improves with practice. According to Renaissance research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day and achieve a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, and ask questions about what they have read.